News – 1) Amazon announces a brand new format for Kindle titles, named Kindle Format 8 or KF8. Chris Casey of eBook Architects and the eBook Ninjas Podcast in an interview today (starts at 2:10) explains what the new format will do and why it’s important. 2) Looking for ways to pay for a new Gen 4 Kindle or just some new Kindle titles? You might try gathering your spare change and heading to a nearby Coinstar machine. Or trading in your old Kindle at Amazon. Even better, you can donate your old Kindle to E-Books for Troops! 3) Andrei Pushkin takes a very close look at the screens of a Kindle 3 and a new $79 Kindle and declares them very similar “to the point of being identical.” 4) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) grills Amazon on privacy aspects of the Amazon Silk browser that will come with the Kindle Fire. The venerable Internet watchdog’s verdict: “We are generally satisfied with the privacy design of Silk, and happy that the end user has control over whether to use cloud acceleration.”
Tech Tip – I take the new Personal Documents capabilities of the Kindle for a test drive.
Interview (Starts at 16:32) – Jon Cog, editor of the highly original and informative Me and My Kindle Blog, joined me by Skype for a conversation on Tuesday, October 18. We discussed Amazon’s plans for the cloud, Personal Documents, scary Kindle games and more. Link discussed: GigaOM on privacy concerns.
Content – This month’s list of 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or lower includes a tempting title from Winston Churchill’s six-volume history of World War II, but reviews suggest it was not the Kindle Store’s finest hour in terms of formatting. A better bet might be Tough as Nails: One Woman’s Journey Through West Point by Gail O’Sullivan Dwyer.
Other Links Mentioned: Molly Wood of CNET on the Fire’s hottest feature. Amazon for a limited time is offering the first episode of “Prohibition,” the new Ken Burns documentary, as a free Prime Instant Video. Highly recommended.
No TKC Hangout Next Week: Darlene and I will be on the road most of the week, driving from Boston to Denver. So the next Google Plus hangout will probably be Wednesday, November 2nd. Stay tuned to next week’s episode for details.
Next Week’s Guest: David Blum, editor of Amazon’s Kindle Singles.